What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine, in which practitioners insert thin needles into specific points in the body to stimulate the smooth flow of energy (Qi), to relieve pain, restore balance and a persons state of health. Acupuncturists assess a patient's syndrome, symptom, or pattern of disharmony by using a set of diagnostic skills that involve visual inspection, palpation, questioning, smelling, and listening. By determining the exact pattern of the body's disharmony, an acupuncturist then determines the strategy necessary to stimulate the healing process. 

Acupuncture therapeutics includes the use of Needle insertion, electro-acupuncture, moxa, cupping, Tui-na, lifestyle modification, dietary therapy, and exercises such as Tai chi or Qi gong. 




Thin needles are used to harmonize the flow of Qi and restore ballance.


An herb called mugwort is dried and burned to stimulate smooth flow of Qi and warm the channels.


Cups are applied to the skin to create a negative pressure, stimulate blood flow, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain


A type of Chinese medical massage to address specific musculosceletal issues, reduce pain, and restore balance

Conditions that Acupuncture addresses:

Although majority of patients think of acupuncture for pain management, there are many conditions that can be alleviated with acupuncture. The following are conditions that can be alleviated with acupuncture, but is not limited to this list: 

Dr Schmittat is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Acupuncturist, certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by NCCAOM ®